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Red Cross volunteer sentenced to 10 years in prison

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:48am

An American Red Cross volunteer has been sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing more than $117,000 from the organization between January and September 2012.

On September 12, Killeen officers were notified of a theft that occurred involving David Allen Gilg III, 25, who, at the time, volunteered with the Killeen/Fort Hood American Red Cross, located at 208 W. Avenue. The area manager noticed some questionable entries regarding a disaster response in August by Gilg. The manager began reviewing the records and found that the location and clients were fictitious. The manager began investigating other claims and found numerous other fictitious claims for more than $20,000.

Detectives began an investigation into this case and found that Gilg had made 84 fictitious claims between January and September 2012. They were told that the man had been volunteering with the American Red Cross for more than seven years, and he was very familiar with the process of making claims. Each claim was between $1,000 and $2,000 each, totaling more than $117,000. The volunteer would keep the debit card that was issued for the amount of the claim and withdraw the money for himself.

This case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office on October 9, and a complaint was returned, charging Gilg with theft over $100,000 but under $200,000, a 2nd degree felony.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for his arrest and recommended a bond of $120,000. Detectives located Gilg in the 900 block of Leifester Circle where they placed him under arrest at 3:30 p.m. on October 9. 

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